Dentures are used to replace missing teeth, and in the UK, they are notoriously bad! You can get dentures on the NHS, for about £200, and more often than not, they are loose, don’t stay in without fixative, and look un-natural.
1: Improve the type of denture
There are two main types of dentures, these are either completely plastic, or metal and plastic.
This is a plastic denture – with small metal clips. This denture is very cheap, but can do the job of replacing a few teeth. Its probably not the best long term solution, as it can damage the gums around the remaining teeth.
The other type of denture is the cobalt-chrome denture, and this is mostly metal, with plastic teeth:
This is a far better quality of denture, and when made well, this denture will be supported by your remaining teeth – so it is important that these teeth are in good health.
Just for completions sake, I should mention that you can get flexible plastic dentures. These do look better, and can work well, but with any dental treatment, it really depends on the skill of the dentist.
What if I don’t have any teeth?
If you have no teeth, then chances are that you have what is called a ‘complete denture.’ This denture relies on the bone (which used to support your teeth), to hold the denture. Over time, this bone can erode away, not leaving a lot for the denture to hold on to. If this is the case, then no matter how good the denture is, it is not going to hold well.
2: Mini Implants
It is possible to have mini implants placed, and the denture can clip onto these. An implant is like a false root, and is firmly placed in the bone – this may sound painful, but it really isn’t.
Personally, I am not a big fan of the mini implants, as they are not very strong, and are more likely to break (and this can be a big problem)
3: Implant supported dentures
This kind of denture is really your best option. You can have 2-6 implants placed (depending on if its upper or lower teeth, and your budget), and use these full sized implants to support the denture.
The more implants you have, the better supported the denture is. To keep costs low, you could have two implants, and clip the denture to these. The only drawback here is that the denture can rock on the two implants, and this can lead to food getting stuck under the denture.
If you have 4, then there is no rocking of the denture, it is like a tabletop, on 4 sturdy legs. We normally recommend 4-6 implants for the top teeth, as the bone in the top jaw is softer.
If you suffer with a loose denture, or maybe, it rubs and is very uncomfortable, why not come and see what we can do to improve your quality of life by looking at a good quality alternative.